22 waterfalls a perfect getaway from Cape Town
22 Waterfalls a perfect getaway and an ideal place for family weekend. It was the first stop of our honeymoon road trip along West coast of South Africa, for more details and complete 100-day itinerary of the trip check our article West Coast South Africa. While driving I had certain doubts about the waterfalls it was the mid summer and the area around looked very dry with no sign of water for hundreds kilometers. But still we were looking forward to sleep in a tent and make food on a fire. The campsite looked very nice with all you need for a comfortable camping and to our surprise the waterfalls were at their best with fresh clean water at every single small or big fall.
We camped here for one night but easily could stay longer we really liked the place, because:
- the waterfalls are amazing we actually counted more than 22 and there was a lot of water though the area around was very dry;
- the campsite was great, convenient, in a shadow, with braai area, clean showers (hot water) and toilets;
- the place felt safe could leave our car and tent and go for a long hike without worrying about our stuff;
- the nearest town is 10 min. drive if you need more food, ATM, wood etc. it’s not far to drive;
- it’s those who want just relax, read and do nothing as well as for outdoor activities fans.
Accommodation options at 22 waterfalls
- Camping without outlets SAR 200/US$14,5 up to 4 people. If more than 4 you pay SAR 60/$4,5 extra per person, max 6 people per site.
- Camping with outlets SAR 270/$20 up to 4 people.
If camping is not your cup of tea there are:
- Chalets from SAR 450/$34 per night for two people;
- Camp houses SAR 270/$20 per night for two.
For more details and booking click HERE.
Hot water showers, toilets, running water, washing basins, braai place, electricity.
Things to do
Hiking probably is the main activity here. There is a trail that goes past the waterfalls up the mountain, the whole way takes about 4-5 hours return. If you don’t feel like walking that far you can walk up to the first two waterfalls it’s less than 10 min. walk. To go all the way you’ll need hiking shoes or trainers there are some steep ups and downs as well as a little bit climbing.
Swimming, you can have a dip in one of the waterfalls’ pools or go for a proper swim in a nearby dam.
Bass fishing in the dam.
Playing ball games there is a spacious area in front of the campsite.
Braai (BBQ), maybe should have put it first since for many it’s the main activity here.
Relaxing, reading a book, sleeping or anything you feel like doing.
Porterville, the nearest town
About 10 min. drive from the campsite. A small place with a couple of ATMs, two supermarkets O’Key and SPAR, a petrol station and a coffee shop. So if you run out of food, wood, money or petrol you’ll have no problem in finding these in Porterville.
How to get to 22 waterfalls
If you drive from Cape Town it’s very easy and not far just 140km. Take R44 from Gouda through Porterville past the town turn right on a dirt road keep driving till you reach the entrance.
If you drive from the opposite side go towards Porterville and before the town turn left on a dirt road.
What will you need for camping
I’m sure you all know what you need for camping but just in case you haven’t camp in a long time a camping gear list:
- sleeping mats
- sleeping bag
- pillow (we usually use towels or clothes)
- head lamp/torch
- toilet paper
- pots, plates, cups, utensils
- camping chairs and table (optional, you can seat on a ground or a tree trunk)
- wood, blitz, braai grid (if you are planning to braai)
- swimming costume
- mosquito repellent (insects didn’t really bother us but you never know)
- toiletries (tooth past, brush, soap etc.)
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